He studied singing and trombone at the University of Toronto, and was cast in a comic role in the All-Varsity Revue in a sketch based on Carmen. This led to a satirical concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
He played drag shows across North America, and in 1960 moved to England.
After a straight role in a West-End musical and at the Edinburgh Festival he concentrated on his drag act doing mock-opera. In 1964 he released an LP Recitals are a Drag. In 1965 he was featured in the first issue of London Life magazine.
In 1969 he and Ron Storme started to organize five or more drag balls a year in London, mainly at the Porchester Hall.
He had a small part in the Barry Humphries film, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, 1972.
The Porchester Hall tradition was continued by Ron Storme after Jean’s death.
*Not the Hopi photographer.
- Chris Shaw & Arthur Oates. A Pictorial History of the Art of Female Impersonation. London: King-Shaw Productions. 1966: 29.
- “The Fabulous Mr Jean Fredericks”. Follow-Up: the monthly magazine for the gay scene. 1973.
- J.D. Doyle. “Jean Fredericks”. Queer Music Heritage. www.queermusicheritage.us/drag-fredericks.html.